LITTLE ROCK – If you want to hunt elk in Arkansas, now’s the
time to sign up for the opportunity. The Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission’s permit process for a free chance to hunt Arkansas’s
largest game animal is available now.
May is application time for a chance to win one of 24 permits to
hunt elk in the Buffalo River country of Arkansas. The hunt dates
this year in elk compartments 1, 2, 3 and 4 are Sept. 26-30 and
Dec. 5-9. The season for the private land elk management Zone
(Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton and Searcy counties; excluding
Boxley Valley) is Dec. 5-9.
The applications are available only on the Arkansas Game and
Fish Commission’s website,
doesn’t cost anything, nor does winning one of the available
permits. One additional permit for the September hunt in
compartment 4 is issued to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for
fundraising purposes. Eighty five percent of the proceeds from this
granted permit is returned to Arkansas for wildlife habitat work.
In addition, a youth permit for the December hunt in compartment 3
is granted to the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation for fundraising
The drawing for the public land permits will be June 25 on the
Newton County Courthouse Square during the Buffalo River Elk
Festival in Jasper. Winners don’t have to be present.
One permit will be issued to an Arkansas resident who completes
an application during the festival. For this one, the winner must
Applications for Arkansas’s 2011 public land elk hunt permits
may be submitted May 1-June 1.
Permits for elk compartments 1, 2, 3 and 4 are available to
Arkansas residents and Lifetime Sportsmen Permit holders only. Two
permits will be reserved for a youth under 16 years of age to hunt
in compartment 3. Youths under 16 (as of Sept. 26, 2011) applying
for an elk hunt automatically will be entered into this drawing.
Youths not selected for the special youth permit may be drawn for
one of the other permits. There is no application fee. Applicants
must be 6 years old by Sept. 26 to apply for public land
Individuals hunting in elk compartments 1, 2, 3 or 4 are
restricted to one elk permit per year. Permitees will be notified
by phone or mail and will receive an information packet via mail.
Hunters will be required to attend an elk hunting orientation and
training session held the day before the opening of the September
and the December hunts.
Private land elk permit applications may be submitted only by
mail June 1-July 15. Complete applications must be postmarked on or
before July 15. Call 501-223-6440 to receive a paper application by
For private land hunts, applicants may be resident or
nonresident hunters. Applicants must provide either a driver’s
license number or a Social Security number. Hunters under 16 (as of
Dec. 5, 2011) must supply a valid hunter education number to apply
for a permit. Applications must include a landowner name,
signature, address, phone number, county, range, township and
section; and a $35 application fee. Only one application per hunter
for a private land permit will be accepted. Applicants may not
apply for more than one private land elk permit. Applicants must be
6 years old (as of Dec. 5, 2011) to apply for private land elk
Landowners will be contacted to verify an applicant’s
eligibility. Hunters will receive an information packet with the
permit. Completed applications must be received no later than July
15, 2011. There will be a quota of 23 elk on private lands.
Improving elk habitat in the Buffalo River country is another
benefit of the permit process. Many Arkansans who apply for the
permits send donations to the elk program, and this money is used
for food plots, prescribed burning and other work in the elk area.
A donation to the AGFC for the elk program is not a requirement for
permit application, nor does a donation improve chances of being
drawn for a permit.